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Lindroth + Aspen: A Legacy of Good Chemistry
The license plates on Professor Rick Lindroth’s vehicle read “Q ASPEN,” referring to quaking aspen. This gives you a hint of the extent of his obsession; one he will surely carry into his upcoming retirement. Rick has co-authored almost 220 peer-reviewed articles and 15 book chapters over his academic career and more than 70% of them involve aspen (Populus tremuloides) in some way. In fact, many issues of Tremblings have listed one or more of his papers. This research has largely been focused on aspen chemical ecology and has covered work both above- and below- ground, including aspen anti-herbivore chemical variation, the relationship between aspen and its herbivores and pathogens, how climate change will affect aspen biology, and how different aspen individuals may prioritize growth versus producing more anti-herbivore chemicals. Not only was this research done with a pioneer species, but much of the work was pioneering, certainly with aspen in particular and with ecology, plant-animal interactions, and climate change biology in general.
Western Aspen Alliance, "Tremblings, November 2021" (2021). Tremblings. Paper 52.